Exploring Rhodesia, psychology, politics and history and how these intertwine

It’s one thing to teach children how to conform to what society expects of them. This requirement to conform is represented as necessarily painful, although ultimately productive, in Lacan’s notion of castration. It is by this means that children leave the realm of Nature and enter into the realm of the Civilised social order.

How does Marechera’s views on teaching the children differ from this process outlined above? Clearly there is a great deal in terms of children’s “natures” that Marechera has no wish to refine, correct and adjust to the social order. In fact, his mode of writing to children is a form of teasing their minds and emotions, in a way that invites these young minds to reach out and explore their local environments for themselves. Marechera’s writing to children invites them to doubt the veracity and integrity of the adults and their worlds, and to adopt and…

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